Inverness is the transport hub of the Scottish Highlands with bus and train connections in all directions.
The Inverness City Sightseeing open top red bus service is a hop-on hop-off service which runs hourly from the bus station (tickets are valid for 24 hours). The Red Route operates from 2 April to 22 October 2023 around the city and to Dochgarroch Lock on the Caledonian Canal (starting point for boat trips on Loch Ness).
Guided Coach Trips
Coach trips are ideal for exploring the Highlands. You can stay in Inverness for a week and you can take a different guided tour each day to explore north, south, east and west! Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and Orkney are some of the most popular destinations. You can also visit castles such as Cawdor or Eilean Donan Castle, and Speyside whisky distilleries. Check with the Tourist Information Centre for times and prices.
WOW Scotland is a local company which is 5 star rated by VisitScotland and the number one tour operator in Inverness on TripAdvisor. Their well-appointed 30-seater mini-coaches offer day trips to the Isle of Skye. Advance booking is essential. Private tour options also available.
Several companies offer cruises on Loch Ness including Loch Ness by Jacobite from Inverness.
Boat trips to see the Moray Firth dolphins are available from Inverness, Nairn and the Black Isle - see links on our Sightseeing page.
Inverness is well served by trains in all directions to/from Glasgow/Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen, Wick and Kyle of Lochalsh. The official National Rail and thetrainline.com provide online timetables. Local services are operated by Scotrail. There is a Highland Caledonian Sleeper service from London direct to Inverness.
Inverness Airport is 8 miles east of Inverness. Taxis and car hire are available as well as a frequent shuttle bus service between the airport and city centre. Scheduled flights operate to/from London, as well as Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast City, Dublin, Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides.